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Mini-Golf Murals


For our summer mini-golf course the National Building Museum's graphic designer created five imaginative murals of mini-golfers surrounded by great works of architecture around the world.
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Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions


Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions features a wide range of recent additions to the National Building Museum's extensive collection. View some of the cool items we've collected over the years below, and in person March 8, 2014–May 25, 2015.
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Discover Engineering Family Day 2013 Photos


View photos of the 2013 Discover Engineering Family Day family festival at the National Building Museum.
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Highlights from the Architectural Toy Collection


Acquired by the National Building Museum in 2006, the Architectural Toy Collection is one of the largest and most sophisticated of its kind held in public trust within the United States. Assembled over the past 30 years by Chicagolander George Wetzel, this unparalleled collection holds more than 2,200 toys dating from the 1860s to the 1990s. Highlights include building sets that trace the history of such childhood favorites as Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Tinker Toys, and Legos; rarer and less familiar toys from around the globe; and examples featuring specific buildings or building types, such as skyscrapers and suburban homes.
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Pritzker Prize Laureate Toyo Ito


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Big Build 2012 Photos


View photos of the 2012 Big Build family festival at the National Building Museum.
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Pension Building Construction


View photos documenting the construction of the Pension Building, now the National Building Museum.
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Newport Mansions

Architecture 101
July 26, 2015
Newport County, Rhode Island, one of the most historically intact cities in North America, is home to fourteen historic properties and landscapes, of which seven are National Historic Landmarks. Trudy Coxe, CEO and executive director of The Preservation Society of Newport County, discusses the “Newport Mansions,” which represent three centuries of America’s architectural, social, and landscape history.
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The Sea Ranch

Architecture 101
July 19, 2015
Recently having celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Sea Ranch development in coastal Sonoma County, California, is internationally known for its distinctive architecture and ecologically-sensitive land planning. Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA, Eva Li Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California at Berkeley and chair of The Sea Ranch Association Commons Landscape Committee, discusses the unique aspects of this development.
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Kennedy Street NW: A Vision for Inclusive Development

Smart Growth
June 23, 2015
Is revitalization without gentrification possible? In Washington, D.C., new development and investment has followed a familiar pattern for the last two decades, with neighborhoods getting younger, wealthier, and whiter. Kennedy Street NW appears next in line for this fate. The Kennedy Street Development Association (KSDA) is a diverse all-volunteer group committed to the street’s comeback, but in a way that benefits everyone. Myles G. Smith, KSDA volunteer, presents the community-oriented revitalization plan for an inclusive hometown main street.
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Restoring our Rivers - Part 5: Panel Discussion and Q&A

D.C. Builds
June 18, 2015
The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment and Benjamin Tauber, RLA, LEED Green, ASLA, senior associate, Lee and Associates, Inc.. Moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
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Restoring our Rivers - Part 4: Benjamin Tauber

D.C. Builds
June 18, 2015
The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment and Benjamin Tauber, RLA, LEED Green, ASLA, senior associate, Lee and Associates, Inc.. Moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
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Restoring our Rivers - Part 3: Tommy Wells

D.C. Builds
June 18, 2015
The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment and Benjamin Tauber, RLA, LEED Green, ASLA, senior associate, Lee and Associates, Inc.. Moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
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Restoring our Rivers - Part 1: Intro

D.C. Builds
June 18, 2015
The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment and Benjamin Tauber, RLA, LEED Green, ASLA, senior associate, Lee and Associates, Inc.. Moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
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Restoring our Rivers - Part 2: Carlton Ray

D.C. Builds
June 18, 2015
The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment and Benjamin Tauber, RLA, LEED Green, ASLA, senior associate, Lee and Associates, Inc.. Moderated by Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
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Ehrlich Architects

Spotlight on Design
June 2, 2015
Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, discusses the work of Ehrlich Architects, which is guided by "multicultural modernism" - a humanistic approach that masterfully melds classic California Modernist styles with multicultural and vernacular design elements.
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Benchmarking Bicycling & Walking in the United States

Smart Growth
May 11, 2015
The Benchmarking Project at the Alliance for Biking & Walking tracks trends and research in bicycling and walking across the United States. Christy Kwan, programs & outreach director at the Alliance, presents eight fascinating facts that emerged from the latest report and how public officials, advocates, and decision makers can use them to produce livable communities. This program is presented in May in celebration of National Bike Month.
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Spotlight on Design: Mikyoung Kim

Spotlight on Design
May 6, 2015
Landscape architect Mikyoung Kim, FASLA, merges contemporary materials and technologies to create places that heal and enliven the public realm. Principal of the Boston-based firm Mikyoung Kim Design, she shares her collaborative design approach in projects that include the ChonGae Canal Restoration in Seoul, South Korea; Crown Sky Garden at Chicago’s Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital; and the Pendulum Project at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
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How The Arab Region Views World Heritage And The Islamic State’s Destruction Of It


April 17, 2015
Each week brings more tragic news from the Middle East, where the Islamic State has targeted heritage sites as a tactic of war. On a shocking scale. The West has been emphatic in its outrage. But ISIS is an organization that derives legitimacy from western condemnation; indeed it’s news-cycle driven pattern of destruction and condemnation seems to depend upon it. What is the attitude of the peoples of the Arab Region towards the idea of world heritage and this campaign of destruction? Is a counter narrative with credibility in the region possible, who should deliver it and what role can culture and heritage professionals play in supporting it? US/ICOMOS in partnership with the National Building Museum, presented a talk on these urgent themes by Mounir Bouchenaki, director of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage.
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Building Passive, Affordable Housing

Building in the 21st Century
April 15, 2015
In late 2013, the Washington, D.C. chapter of Habitat for Humanity began construction on six “passive” town houses in the Ivy City community in Northeast D.C. These homes, which incorporate elements of the Empowerhouse designed by students in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, employ building technologies such as solar heating and energy recovery ventilation and allow Habitat residents to consume significantly less energy while creating more affordable, sustainable lifestyles. Dan Hines, senior construction supervisor, and Andrew Modley, production manager, both at Habitat for Humanity, discuss the project design and construction.
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Chinatown Green Streets

Smart Growth
April 8, 2015
The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project, spearheaded by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems to manage stormwater, beautify the public right of way, and enable safe access for all users of all ages and abilities. Deborah Steinberg, ASLA, representing the client, and Steven Spears, ASLA, representing the design team, explain how this project aims to become a world-class model for green and complete streets. This program is presented in April in celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month.
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Design for Health and Hope

Generative Space Series
April 2, 2015
Discover the recently-opened Conway Health and Resource Center at Community of Hope in Bellevue, which provides homeless and underserved families in Southwest D.C. with resources to become healthy, stably housed, well-educated, and financially secure. Project designers Tamara Cavin, IIDA, and David Cordell, ASID, of Perkins+Will outline the importance of the evidence-based interior design principles employed at this LEED Silver center, which include maximum daylighting and flexible “universal” rooms to accommodate myriad clinical functions and patient demographics.
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Small and Sustainable

Building in the 21st Century
March 17, 2015
Brian Levy commissioned the first Minim House in 2013. Working closely with Foundry Architects on the design and Element Design+Build on the construction of the tiny house, Levy went on to found Minim Homes LLC to make the plans for and completed versions of micro homes with cutting-edge sustainable technologies widely available. Levy speaks about these technologies, including off-grid electric and water, cooling, heating, and air quality systems appropriate for small dwellings.
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Beatrix Farrand

Portraits in Design
March 15, 2015
Beatrix Farrand (1872–1959) was an American landscape architect whose career included commissions to design nearly 110 gardens for private residences, estates and country homes, public parks, botanic gardens, and college campuses. Few of these projects survive, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, on Mount Desert, Maine; and elements of the campuses of Princeton, Yale, and Occidental. Lynden B. Miller, a public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, speaks about the life and work of Farrand, who was the only woman among the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
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Why Scaffolding?


March 6, 2015
Photographer Colin Winterbottom explains how scaffolding surrounding iconic national landmarks became one of his subjects. Winterbottom was granted access to dizzyingly high earthquake repair sites at the Washington Monument and the Washington National Cathedral after they sustained damage by an earthquake in 2011.

Visit Scaling Washington.


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People Habitat

Smart Growth
March 4, 2015
Elements of our built environment—homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, cities, and regions—must work in harmony with each other and the natural environment in order to be sustainable. Longtime smart growth leader Kaid Benfield, author of People Habitat: 25 Ways To Think About Greener, Healthier Cities, shares eight key thoughts about better communities, including why cities sometimes don't matter as much as we may think, how green housing developments may be no such thing, why Americans don't walk much anymore and why, ultimately, sustainability must come from the heart.
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Sharon Davis Design: Needs Beyond Architecture

Women of Architecture
March 4, 2015
Sharon Davis, principal of the New York-based Sharon Davis Design, emphasizes social justice, economic empowerment, and sustainability in such projects as the Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda (completed June 2013), which has been featured in Architectural Record and Metropolis and which earned the 2011 World Architecture Festival Award for Best Future Educational Project.
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Off the Rails - Part 1: Intro

Smart Growth
February 23, 2015
The Arlington County Board’s decision to cancel the Columbia Pike Streetcar challenges both proponents and opponents of the project to find other mass transit solutions for the area. Stewart Schwartz, executive director, Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Peter Rousselot, spokesman for Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit, discuss the pros and cons of streetcars, bus rapid transit, and the steps to achieve a mixed-use, walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented community.
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Off the Rails - Part 4: Q&A

Smart Growth
February 23, 2015
The Arlington County Board’s decision to cancel the Columbia Pike Streetcar challenges both proponents and opponents of the project to find other mass transit solutions for the area. Stewart Schwartz, executive director, Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Peter Rousselot, spokesman for Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit, discuss the pros and cons of streetcars, bus rapid transit, and the steps to achieve a mixed-use, walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented community.
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Off the Rails - Part 2: Peter Rousselot

Smart Growth
February 23, 2015
The Arlington County Board’s decision to cancel the Columbia Pike Streetcar challenges both proponents and opponents of the project to find other mass transit solutions for the area. Stewart Schwartz, executive director, Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Peter Rousselot, spokesman for Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit, discuss the pros and cons of streetcars, bus rapid transit, and the steps to achieve a mixed-use, walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented community.
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Off the Rails - Part 3: Stewart Schwartz

Smart Growth
February 23, 2015
The Arlington County Board’s decision to cancel the Columbia Pike Streetcar challenges both proponents and opponents of the project to find other mass transit solutions for the area. Stewart Schwartz, executive director, Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Peter Rousselot, spokesman for Arlingtonians for Sensible Transit, discuss the pros and cons of streetcars, bus rapid transit, and the steps to achieve a mixed-use, walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented community.
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Julia Morgan

Portraits in Design
February 22, 2015
Julia Morgan, FAIA (1872-1957), who was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2014, had an unprecedented career as the first woman to study architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the first to be licensed to practice architecture in the state of California. Morgan's body of work comprises over 700 buildings, including two National Historic Landmarks: the Hearst San Simeon Estate and the Asilomar Conference Grounds, both in California. Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq., the catalyst in nominating Morgan for AIA's highest honor, speaks about Morgan's life and work.
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Danish Expo Pavilion Timelapse


January 29, 2015
The hectic days following the opening of the Danish Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo are captured through a time-lapse perspective, perfectly complemented by the sound of the minimalist classical composer Wim Mertens. Bjarke Ingels bikes through the Danish Expo Pavilion 2010, rushing past some of Copenhagen's best attractions in one continuous motion.
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Reimagining Industrial Areas in Washington, D.C.

Smart Growth
January 13, 2015
Current national trends in urban manufacturing, the rise of the shared and maker economies, and changes in technology and the food industries are reshaping the demand for industrial space in Washington, D.C. Andrea Limauro and Tracy Gabriel of the D.C. Office of Planning discuss Ward 5 Works, a recently released plan calling for the transformation and reuse of the industrial areas in Northeast D.C. to diversify the district’s economy and grow emerging industries, as well as develop hubs for a creative economy, green jobs, and food production.
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Le Corbusier

Portraits in Design
January 11, 2015
Anthony Flint, author of Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow (New Harvest, 2014), presents a portrait of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier (1887–1965). Flint, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, suggests that there is much to learn from the Swiss-French architect of the Villa Savoye and the Ronchamp chapel, who was also influential in urban planning and dedicated to developing better living conditions in crowded cities.
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Spotlight on Design: 11th Street Bridge Park

Spotlight on Design
January 8, 2015
The 11th Street Bridge Park, Washington, D.C.’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River, took a step toward reality with the selection of a winning design by firms OMA and OLIN. Jason Long, partner-in-charge at OMA; Hallie Boyce, ASLA, partner at OLIN; Scott Kratz, director, 11th Street Bridge Project; and David W. Smith, executive director, The Pearl Coalition, discuss the project, community involvment, and the plans to create an engaging civic space.
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Turner Prize: Department of Architectural Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University

Henry C. Turner Prize
December 3, 2014
The Department of Architectural Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University received the 2014 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction. On the occasion, Karen Sweeney of Turner Construction Company led a panel discussion "University-Industry-Government Collaboration on Innovative Building Research and Education."
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Kurt Andersen and Charlie Rose

Vincent Scully Prize
November 19, 2014
2014 Vincent Scully Prize recipient Charlie Rose discusses his experiences with many of the world’s foremost architects, and is interviewed by writer and NPR's Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen.
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Charlie Rose Accepts the Vincent Scully Prize

Vincent Scully Prize
November 18, 2014
The National Building Museum presents the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize to Charlie Rose, anchor and executive editor of Charlie Rose and co-anchor of CBS This Morning, for exploring the value of good design, the growth of cities, and the shape of the urban form through his insightful and substantive conversations with leading thinkers of our day.
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Planning the Future of D.C.'s Oldest Neighborhood

Smart Growth
November 4, 2014
Georgetown 2028, an eight-month community planning initiative, was conceived as a strategic approach to plan for the historic neighborhood’s commercial evolution over the next 15 years. Will Handsfield, transportation director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, explains the vision to build an economically sustainable commercial district while preserving the neighborhood’s strengths.
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The Dollars and Sense of City Building

Smart Growth
September 30, 2014
Municipalities across the country have been struggling to meet financial obligations as revenues decline and costs increase. This program explores the fiscal impact of land use and design decisions on the bottom line of cities. Joe Minicozzi, AICP, principal, Urban3, draws from years of research to help visualize the economic productivity of urban growth patterns, show how cities adopt growth, and offer design strategies to ensure long-term financial solvency.
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Bio-architecture

Architecture 101
August 16, 2014
Bio-architecture demonstrates the growing influence of nature in Western buildings through the predominance of organic, nature-inspired patterns and shapes. Ruth Connell, AIA explains this unusual philosophy of architecture, exemplified by the work of architects like Antoni Gaudí and Santiago Calatrava.
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Traditional Japanese Architecture

Architecture 101
August 9, 2014
Mira Locher, FAIA, LEED AP discusses why thick, thatched roofs, rough mud-plaster walls, and precisely woven tatami mats are grounded within the natural environment and culture of Japan.
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Spotlight on Design: Tod Williams Billie Tsien

Spotlight on Design
July 24, 2014
The built work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is grounded in Modernism, but tempered by a rich sense of materiality. The founding principals of New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) discuss their notable work, which includes the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. TWBTA won the 2013 Firm Award given by the American Institute of Architects.
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Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology

Smart Growth
July 14, 2014
Landscape architect Ian McHarg advanced the integration of ecology into land planning and design. Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, A principal in the firm that McHarg founded, discusses the precepts of a new urban ecology involving the integration of green infrastructure and public art as a way to render compact development the most appealing and sensible choice.
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Happy City

Smart Growth
June 19, 2014
What if cities had the power to make or break happiness? Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, demonstrates how cities influence how we feel, behave, and treat other people in ways most of us never realize. Drawing on brain science and urban experiments around the world, he explains how we can change our lives by changing our relationship with our cities
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Spotlight on Design: SHoP

Spotlight on Design
June 4, 2014
Coren Sharples, AIA, a founding principal of the New York-based architecture firm SHoP, presents the studio's recent work, which includes Brooklyn's new Barclays Center Arena and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone.
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The Difficult Rebirth of American Urbanism

Smart Growth
May 12, 2014
New city neighborhoods are in demand, yet urbanism, transit, and walkable streets can face resistance from a deeply rooted suburban value system. Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, posits that in order to succeed, urbanists must offer a compelling vision of change.
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True or False: Living behind a levee completely eliminates your home's risk of flooding.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Living behind a levee—a structure to contain water—completely eliminates your home's risk of flooding
A: False

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: A building can strengthen its resistance to the ground by separating itself from it.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: One way a building can strengthen its resistance to the ground is to actually separate itself from it.
A: True.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: It only takes one ember to set a house ablaze.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: It only takes one ember to set a house ablaze.
A: True.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: Tornadoes form when opposites collide—cold, dry air meets warm, humid air.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Tornadoes form when opposites collide—cold, dry air meets warm, humid air.
A: True.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What part of a house is typically the easiest for wind to "break into"?


May 11, 2014

Q: What part of a house is typically the easiest for wind to "break into"
Garage door
Door
Window with hurricane shutters
Pet door

A: Garage door

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: A building can strengthen its resistance to the ground by separating itself from it.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: One way a building can strengthen its resistance to the ground is to actually separate itself from it.
A: True.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: Given a level ground or sloped terrain, wildfires will take the high road.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Given a level ground or sloped terrain, wildfires will take the high road
A: True

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What flood damage prevention strategy is more about letting water in than keeping it out?


May 11, 2014

Q: There are many ways to prevent flood damage in a home. What strategy is more about letting water in than keeping it out?
Elevate
Float
Wet floodproof
Dry floodproof

A: Wet floodproof

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: Weather influences the shaking you feel in an earthquake.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Weather influences the amount of shaking that you feel in an earthquake.
A: False.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: It only takes one ember to set a house ablaze.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: It only takes one ember to set a house ablaze.
A: True.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: Given a level ground or sloped terrain, wildfires will take the high road.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Given a level ground or sloped terrain, wildfires will take the high road
A: True

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Why might an older brick building be X-braced?


May 11, 2014

Q: Why might an older brick building be X-braced?
To keep people out
To make brick more flexible
To brace against gravity
To brace against lateral or side-to-side movement.

A: To brace against lateral or side-to-side movement.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What flood damage prevention strategy is more about letting water in than keeping it out?


May 11, 2014

Q: There are many ways to prevent flood damage in a home. What strategy is more about letting water in than keeping it out?
Elevate
Float
Wet floodproof
Dry floodproof

A: Wet floodproof

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Oysters and their reefs help to do which of the following?


May 11, 2014

Q: Thriving shorelines can be some of our best natural defenses. Oysters and their homes—reefs—help to do which of the following?
A: Absorbing impact, cleaning the water, and making a good home.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What part of a house is typically the easiest for wind to "break into"?


May 11, 2014

Q: What part of a house is typically the easiest for wind to "break into"
Garage door
Door
Window with hurricane shutters
Pet door

A: Garage door

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: Tornadoes form when opposites collide—cold, dry air meets warm, humid air.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Tornadoes form when opposites collide—cold, dry air meets warm, humid air.
A: True.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What connection is critical in creating a continuous load path?


May 11, 2014

Q: What connection is critical in creating a continuous "path" for horizontal and vertical loads acting on a building?
Roof rafter to top plate
Floor to floor
Mudsill to stud
All of the above

A: All of the above

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: New construction can contribute to flooding.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: New construction—houses and buildings, roads and parking lots—can contribute to flooding
A: True

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Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: Living behind a levee completely eliminates your home's risk of flooding.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Living behind a levee—a structure to contain water—completely eliminates your home's risk of flooding
A: False

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What are the three conditions required for fire to burn?


May 11, 2014

Q: What are the three conditions required for fire to burn?
A three-sided campfire
A pyramidal wood pile
Fuel, heat, and oxygen
Fuel, oxygen, and wind

A: Fuel, heat, and oxygen

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Which building form is safest in an earthquake?


May 11, 2014

Q: Some building forms are more vulnerable to earthquakes than others—which is safest?
L-shaped and short
Square and short
Square and tall
Long and rectangular

A: Square and short.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: New construction can contribute to flooding.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: New construction—houses and buildings, roads and parking lots—can contribute to flooding
A: True

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What are the three conditions required for fire to burn?


May 11, 2014

Q: What are the three conditions required for fire to burn?
A three-sided campfire
A pyramidal wood pile
Fuel, heat, and oxygen
Fuel, oxygen, and wind

A: Fuel, heat, and oxygen

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Which building form is safest in an earthquake?


May 11, 2014

Q: Some building forms are more vulnerable to earthquakes than others—which is safest?
L-shaped and short
Square and short
Square and tall
Long and rectangular

A: Square and short.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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How far out from your house should you take steps to reduce fire risk?


May 11, 2014

Q: How far out from your house should you take steps to reduce fire risk?
0-5 feet
5 feet to 30 feet
30 feet to 100 feet
200 feet—all of the above

A: 200 feet—all of the above

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Why might an older brick building be X-braced?


May 11, 2014

Q: Why might an older brick building be X-braced?
To keep people out
To make brick more flexible
To brace against gravity
To brace against lateral or side-to-side movement.

A: To brace against lateral or side-to-side movement.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Which roof shape best stands up to the fiercest gale?


May 11, 2014

Q: Some roof shapes resist strong winds better than others. Which roof shape best stands up to the fiercest gale?
Flat with overhang
Gable
Hip
Butterfly

A: Hip roof

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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True or False: Weather influences the shaking you feel in an earthquake.


May 11, 2014

Q: True or False: Weather influences the amount of shaking that you feel in an earthquake.
A: False.

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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What connection is critical in creating a continuous load path?


May 11, 2014

Q: What connection is critical in creating a continuous "path" for horizontal and vertical loads acting on a building?
Roof rafter to top plate
Floor to floor
Mudsill to stud
All of the above

A: All of the above

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Which roof shape best stands up to the fiercest gale?


May 11, 2014

Q: Some roof shapes resist strong winds better than others. Which roof shape best stands up to the fiercest gale?
Flat with overhang
Gable
Hip
Butterfly

A: Hip roof

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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How far out from your house should you take steps to reduce fire risk?


May 11, 2014

Q: How far out from your house should you take steps to reduce fire risk?
0-5 feet
5 feet to 30 feet
30 feet to 100 feet
200 feet—all of the above

A: 200 feet—all of the above

Learn more in the National Building Museum's exhibition Designing for Disaster.

Designing for Disaster animations produced by C&G Partners with special thanks to the exhibition’s curatorial associate, Christine Canabou.


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Expert Spotlight: Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto


May 5, 2014
Expert: H. Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D., S.E., F.ASCE, CEO and President, Miyamoto International, Sacramento, California
Humanitarian, structural engineer, entrepreneur: Kit Miyamoto is innovative practitioner and outspoken advocate for reducing earthquake risks. His firm is active here and abroad, including Haiti and New Zealand, developing and designing high-performance engineering solutions and implementing post-disaster reconstruction projects. He has written numerous technical papers, recommended changes to seismic provisions of the International Building Code, and is a California Seismic Safety Commissioner. See more in the exhibition Designing for Disaster.

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Expert Spotlight: David Waggonner


May 5, 2014
Expert: J. David Waggonner III, FAIA, Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architects, New Orleans, Louisiana
Architect David Waggonner believes New Orleans can be reinvented by embracing its lifeblood, water, rather than keeping it at bay. His approach to urban resiliency has been informed by practitioners from the Netherlands. After Hurricane Katrina he initiated Dutch Dialogues, a series of multidisciplinary exchanges focused on water-based urban design in delta environments. See more in the exhibition Designing for Disaster.

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Expert Spotlight: Jack D. Cohen


May 5, 2014
Expert: Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, Montana.
No one has done more to define the wildland-urban interface problem and empower homeowners to reduce their risk of wildfire than Jack Cohen. His post-fire field examinations and laboratory-based research on fire dynamics led to the concept of the home ignition zone, a phrase he coined. Cohen also co-developed the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System and contributed to the U.S. fire behavior prediction systems. See more in the exhibition Designing for Disaster.

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Expert Spotlight: Dr. Richard Knabb


May 5, 2014
Expert: Richard Knabb, Ph.D., Director, National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, Miami, Florida
For Richard Knabb, the nation's top hurricane forecaster, meteorology is frontline emergency management. Nothing is more critical than effectively communicating imminent risk. During 2005, Knabb prepared official tropical storm warnings—including announcing Katrina had become a major hurricane. At the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, he collaborated with FEMA to develop a hurricane preparedness course for emergency managers. See more in the exhibition Designing for Disaster.

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Expert Spotlight: Kate Orff


May 5, 2014
Expert: Kate Orff, Founder, SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, New York, New York
Kate Orff is a landscape architect focused on sustainable design and urban water landscapes. Her firm specializes in integrating natural systems and infrastructure. To rehabilitate New York's infamously polluted Gowanus Canal, she combined marine ecology with landscape architecture in an innovative scheme called "oyster-tecture." At Columbia, Orff directs the Urban Landscape Lab. See more in the exhibition Designing for Disaster.

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Expert Spotlight: Kate Orff


May 5, 2014
Expert: Kate Orff, Founder, SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, New York, New York
Kate Orff is a landscape architect focused on sustainable design and urban water landscapes. Her firm specializes in integrating natural systems and infrastructure. To rehabilitate New York's infamously polluted Gowanus Canal, she combined marine ecology with landscape architecture in an innovative scheme called "oyster-tecture." At Columbia, Orff directs the Urban Landscape Lab. See more in the exhibition Designing for Disaster.

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Genius Loci: The Public Art of Raymond Kaskey, Part 4: Panel and Questions


May 1, 2014
D.C.-based sculptor Raymond Kaskey, whose work includes architectural sculptures for the National WWII Memorial and the 38-foot Portlandia sculpture in Portland, Oregon, reinterprets classical themes and formal strategies to make them relevant for today’s society. After an introduction by curator Sarah Leavitt, Kaskey discusses his artistic process and the collaborative nature of large-scale public projects with the Museum’s executive director, Chase Rynd, Hon. ASLA.
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Genius Loci: The Public Art of Raymond Kaskey, Part 1: Introduction


May 1, 2014
D.C.-based sculptor Raymond Kaskey, whose work includes architectural sculptures for the National WWII Memorial and the 38-foot Portlandia sculpture in Portland, Oregon, reinterprets classical themes and formal strategies to make them relevant for today’s society. After an introduction by curator Sarah Leavitt, Kaskey discusses his artistic process and the collaborative nature of large-scale public projects with the Museum’s executive director, Chase Rynd, Hon. ASLA.
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Genius Loci: The Public Art of Raymond Kaskey, Part 2: Sarah Leavitt


May 1, 2014
D.C.-based sculptor Raymond Kaskey, whose work includes architectural sculptures for the National WWII Memorial and the 38-foot Portlandia sculpture in Portland, Oregon, reinterprets classical themes and formal strategies to make them relevant for today’s society. After an introduction by curator Sarah Leavitt, Kaskey discusses his artistic process and the collaborative nature of large-scale public projects with the Museum’s executive director, Chase Rynd, Hon. ASLA.
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Genius Loci: The Public Art of Raymond Kaskey, Part 3: Raymond Kaskey


May 1, 2014
D.C.-based sculptor Raymond Kaskey, whose work includes architectural sculptures for the National WWII Memorial and the 38-foot Portlandia sculpture in Portland, Oregon, reinterprets classical themes and formal strategies to make them relevant for today’s society. After an introduction by curator Sarah Leavitt, Kaskey discusses his artistic process and the collaborative nature of large-scale public projects with the Museum’s executive director, Chase Rynd, Hon. ASLA.
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Spotlight on Design: Reed Hilderbrand

Spotlight on Design
April 23, 2014
Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA, one of the founding principals of Watertown, Massachusetts-based Reed Hilderbrand, the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Firm Award, discussed their current work in a presentation introduced by Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
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Bigger than a Building: Swedish Urban Scale Sustainability

Smart Growth
April 15, 2014
Walker Wells, green urbanism program director at Global Green, discusses neighborhood and district-scale sustainable planning in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo, Sweden and how those innovative strategies could be replicated in the U.S.
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From Sea to Shining Sea


April 6, 2014
Filmmaker Evan Mather takes viewers on a cross-country journey in the world premiere of From Sea to Shining Sea, a contemporary portrait of the American landscape chronicled via coast-to-coast time-lapse video and audio collage. The film traverses eleven states from the Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco through cities and towns, and over a variety of geographical features to create a sense of the vastness and diversity within the United States. Viewers will leave with a greater appreciation of the country’s diverse physical and cultural landscape. Phillip Stamper-Halpin, Public Relations and Communications Coordinator at the American Society of Landscape Architects, provides opening remarks . Mather provides comments and answers questions after the film. From Sea to Shining Sea is being shown in association with National Landscape Architecture Month. Watch the film and hear director's commentary below.
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The Next Phase of D.C.'s SW Ecodistrict

Smart Growth
March 20, 2014
Diane Sullivan and Elizabeth Miller of the National Capital Planning Commission discuss the next phase of implementing the SW Ecodistrict vision focusing on the district-water system and the proposed concept for connecting the National Mall to the waterfront via 10th Street and Banneker Park.
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Ray Kaskey Discusses WWII Memorial Design


March 12, 2014
The largest group of objects featured in the National Building Museum's exhibition Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions comes from the studio of architect and sculptor Raymond Kaskey. Anybody who has walked around the National World War II Memorial here in Washington, D.C. is familiar with his work, but he has also designed architectural ornament and civic sculpture for concert halls, airports, public buildings, and memorials across the country. Mr. Kaskey shares details of the design, process, and creation of the National World War II Memorial.
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Extended Territories: Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Women of Architecture
March 5, 2014
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the National Building Museum features discussions with extraordinary women leading the field of architecture through the Women of Architecture lecture series. Andrea Leers, FAIA, and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, discuss how their work intersects with urbanization, globalization, and sustainability. As a firm, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the 2007 AIA Firm Award recipient, promotes social well-being and human interaction in buildings that blend the realms of public and private space and cross disciplines of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and infrastructure. Such buildings include the Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Taunton Trial Court in Massachusetts, and the University of Pennsylvania Gateway Complex. Loreen Arnold, AIA, moderates the discussion.
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Healthy, Healing Spaces - Part 2: BJ Miller

Generative Space Series
February 26, 2014
The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. Panelists Tama Duffy Day FASID, FIIDA, LEED AP, a director at Gensler, BJ Miller, FASID, president of Vision Group Studios (moderator), and Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic, consider how to design “places that flourish,” to improve the delivery of health services, increase client/physician engagement, and focus on the physical and social space of wellness.
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Healthy, Healing Spaces - Part 1: Intro

Generative Space Series
February 26, 2014
The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. Panelists Tama Duffy Day FASID, FIIDA, LEED AP, a director at Gensler, BJ Miller, FASID, president of Vision Group Studios (moderator), and Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic, consider how to design “places that flourish,” to improve the delivery of health services, increase client/physician engagement, and focus on the physical and social space of wellness.
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Healthy, Healing Spaces - Part 5: Panel and Questions

Generative Space Series
February 26, 2014
The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. Panelists Tama Duffy Day FASID, FIIDA, LEED AP, a director at Gensler, BJ Miller, FASID, president of Vision Group Studios (moderator), and Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic, consider how to design “places that flourish,” to improve the delivery of health services, increase client/physician engagement, and focus on the physical and social space of wellness.
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Healthy, Healing Spaces - Part 3: Tama Duffy Day

Generative Space Series
February 26, 2014
The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. Panelists Tama Duffy Day FASID, FIIDA, LEED AP, a director at Gensler, BJ Miller, FASID, president of Vision Group Studios (moderator), and Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic, consider how to design “places that flourish,” to improve the delivery of health services, increase client/physician engagement, and focus on the physical and social space of wellness.
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Healthy, Healing Spaces - Part 4: Nancy Pallesen

Generative Space Series
February 26, 2014
The design of generative space in healthcare facilities is a key factor in an emerging culture of healthcare focused on wellness. Panelists Tama Duffy Day FASID, FIIDA, LEED AP, a director at Gensler, BJ Miller, FASID, president of Vision Group Studios (moderator), and Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic, consider how to design “places that flourish,” to improve the delivery of health services, increase client/physician engagement, and focus on the physical and social space of wellness.
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